flam

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

17th century; from flim-flam,[1] itself perhaps from a dialectical word or Scandinavian; compare Old Norse flim (lampoon, mockery).[2]

Noun[edit]

flam (plural flams)

  1. A freak or whim.
  2. A falsehood; a lie; an illusory pretext; deception; delusion.
    • All pretences to the contrary are nothing but cant and cheat, flam and delusion. 1692[1]
    • South
      A perpetual abuse and flam upon posterity.

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Verb[edit]

flam (third-person singular simple present flams, present participle flamming, simple past and past participle flammed)

  1. (obsolete) To deceive with a falsehood.
    God is not to be flammed off with lies. — South.

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Flimflam / Claptrap, The Word Detective, 2009–04–13
  2. ^ flam” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).

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Catalan[edit]

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Noun[edit]

flam m (plural flams)

  1. flan (custard dessert)

Volapük[edit]

Noun[edit]

flam (plural flams)

  1. flame

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